COVID-19 Briefing Series

RAND researchers and leaders in conversation with Brandon Baker, vice president of development

Communities, Equity, and COVID-19

While we all have been affected in some way by the COVID-19 crisis, the pandemic has exposed fissures in our communities, including significant social and systemic inequities. On May 28, Anita Chandra discussed RAND’s efforts to understand COVID-19’s toll on particularly vulnerable populations. She talked about the short- and long-term impacts of today’s policy choices on economic and health equity, as well as ways RAND research can help decisionmakers strengthen communities for a post-COVID-19 future.

Evidence for Pandemic Recovery Action

Friday, June 5, 2020
2:00 p.m. PT/ 5:00 p.m. ET

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted a need for real-time, objective analysis that decisionmakers can use to take action and roll out recovery plans. Peter Hussey and Courtney Gidengil will discuss how RAND can help rethink and retool our emergency management systems by assessing rapidly emerging information, synthesizing a range of solutions, and disseminating actionable evidence for immediate response. They will talk about ways RAND research can be used to support decisionmaking through the phases of a crisis, from emergency response to recovery and long-term plans to mitigate lasting effects.


Catalyzing Solutions for a Changed World

Thursday, June 11, 2020
2:00 p.m. PT/ 5:00 p.m. ET

The Pardee RAND Graduate School is a vital platform for catalyzing new solutions for a fundamentally changed world. Susan Marquis will discuss how the graduate school quickly pivoted, initiating a series of projects and partnerships to help communities directly respond to the COVID-19 crisis. She’ll talk about ways Pardee RAND students and leaders are leveraging the school’s new capabilities, including the Tech and Narrative Lab, community partnerships, and policy design studios, to help decisionmakers confront the pandemic head on.


A Crisis of Disinformation

The COVID-19 crisis has created an urgent need to help counter a surge in misinformation and attempts to exploit the pandemic through disinformation. On May 22, Jennifer Kavanagh and Todd Helmus discussed the pandemic’s effect on public trust in important sources of information and institutions that provide information. They described how RAND is working to not only combat disinformation and misinformation during the COVID-19 crisis, but also to counter Truth Decay—the diminishing role of facts and analysis in public life.